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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 20, 2010 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tamalpais High – The Main Ten Jam connection?

They'd been doing the Main Ten since '68, but it's possible Crosby derived the song from a jam of it. Garcia & Lesh were constantly hanging out with him in the studio in those days. He says that he based his song Low Down Payment from the jam on the Eleven!
Here's a nice David Gans interview with Crosby, about his time with the Dead...he basically says If I Could Only Remember is a Crosby/Garcia album:
http://www.dead.net/features/grateful-dead-hour-no-41

The way he describes Garcia, spending all that time on Crosby's record arranging & playing songs, seems very similar to the way Garcia worked on Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow album...
And it's worth remembering that aside from the PERRO sessions, Crosby & Garcia & Lesh formed their own live band ("David and the Dorks") in Dec '70; they only played a few shows, and we only have one on tape.

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Poster: xvgi Date: Jul 27, 2010 2:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tamalpais High – The Main Ten Jam connection?

Great interview - as Unclejohn52 says, one of the best definitions I've ever read of what they do:

Crosby: The fascinating thing about [the Grateful Dead], I think, aside from the fact that they have always understood.... they came out of the period when folk music still had an impact on them, and they understand about telling the tale. See, they're more concerned with telling the tale than they are with polish. They always have been. They want to make you feel something. But I think the really most innovative thing about the band is... Everybody else thinks in terms of block chords and pedal tones, bass lines, normal kind of structures. These guys have evolved a thing where each guy is playing a running line all the time. There's three of them at a very minimum and then the percussion. That's electronic Dixieland.

In this case you've got three running lines all the time. The keyboard player, traditionally, in the Dead has been the only guy who was tacking it down to reality at any point, you know. But what you've got is Jerry and Phil and Bobby playing these three weaving lines. And it's this incredibly fluid music. What happens in the best of it is that you submerge your ego and you understand that several people can achieve a telepathic or near-telepathic union playing music and speak with one voice.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 20, 2010 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tamalpais High – The Main Ten Jam connection?

I REALLY enjoyed that interview... electronic Dixieland ! Most succinct description of GD music I've ever heard.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Jul 20, 2010 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tamalpais High – The Main Ten Jam connection?

Thank you LiA; that was an enjoyable interview to read.

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